Candidate Profile
Mindy McConnell

Libertarian , Louisiana

Biography

Panel Rating

Somewhat Liberal Information icon

Endorsements

Liberals

1
Libertarian Party of Louisiana

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Disagree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Individuals have the right to make decisions about their body to the extent that their right does not infringe upon the rights of another, including unborn babies capable of thriving. Therefore, Mindy believes that women have the right to terminate a pregnancy until the fetus reaches 24 weeks gestation.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

-

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

We can reduce federal spending in many ways. The simplest cuts are 1)Eliminate the Overseas Contingency Operations Account, 2)Sell unused federal property, 3)Eliminate subsidies to Amtrak, 4) Eliminate the Market Access Program, 5) Eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

Some loans are dischargeable through bankruptcy. Outside of that, individuals are responsible for paying off their student loan debt.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Our protected freedom of religion means that a single religion should not be present in any government-backed artifact, tradition, decoration, policy, etc. The word "god" reaches across religions and is so well indoctrinated into American government that its usage does not promote a single religion, nor does it improperly intertwine government and religion.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Disagree   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

We have a duty to provide choice health care for the elderly, disabled, and a select group of disadvantaged citizens. For the rest of the people, health insurance should be a free market service that is not subsidized, regulated, or restricted by the federal government.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Disagree   

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

The U.S. should continue current its counter-terrorism operations to keep our country safe. We should focus our efforts on threats to the United States and not sacrifice our military in foreign disputes with Islamic nations.


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Disagree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Neutral   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

Anyone with a place to live, a job, or a steady flow of income should be allowed to immigrate to the United States.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.

Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

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Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Moderate   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

https://www.mindymcconnell.org/issues

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

-


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Disagree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

I believe that all individuals, 18 and over, have the right to purchase, own, or possess any firearm, except felons convicted of violent crimes. I support the right of all citizens, regardless of age, to purchase, own, or possess a rifle, shotgun, or other firearm typically used for hunting.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Agree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Strongly Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Agree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

1) I will sponsor legislation that bans state and local government mandates requiring businesses to close due to COVID-19. 2) I will sponsor legislation outlining a 10 year plan for oil and gas companies to transition to clean energy production, including protection for new drilling and grants for developing natural gas production sites and ports. 3) I will sponsor legislation that removes cannabis from the Schedule 1 narcotics list of the Controlled Substances Act.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Data shows that since 9/11, more Americans have been killed by white supremacists than any other acts of terror, including jihadists. Racism is a direct threat to national security. The quickest way to ease tension and keep domestic extremists at bay is through electing officials from other political parties and ending the bipartisan system.


Background

Education
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI
  • Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA
  • Archbishop Hannah High School, Meraux, LA
Work & Military
  • EQA Schools, School Principal
  • Crescent City Schools, Director of Special Education
  • Success Preparatory Academies, Director of Special Education
  • Oestriecher Law Firm, Trial Specialist
Affiliations
  • Educators for Quality Alternatives (Charter), School Principal
  • NSNO Principal Collaborative, Member
  • Citizens Against Government Waste, Contributor
  • Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, Member
  • Mutual Aid Response Network, Volunteer
  • Libertarian Party of Louisiana, Member
Offices
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